It’s one of my favorite things to say as I talk to people across the County on why we all need to pick up after our dogs. There is no magic wand or fairy that makes pet waste disappear after you leave it on the ground. The poop goes somewhere – and in many cases its our local streams (or maybe under your shoe!).
As a proud owner of an 80 pound mutt, I experience many hours of joy and laughter because of the silly things my dog does. Walking into my office with drool on my sleeve is not something I enjoy, but eventually will smile about because it reminds me of Bear.
Picking up Bear’s poop is not something I enjoy either, but it is something I am committed to do. I believe every dog owner and walker should do it too, because it is a relatively easy way to do our part to protect our neighborhood streams and the common places we all share.
It’s simple: Scoop it, bag it, trash it!
Did I mention that my dog weighs 80 pounds? Using an online poop calculator (yes, they exist), it is estimated that he can produce up to 500 pounds of waste every year. Can you imagine if everyone who walks a dog in the County did not pick up after them?
Pet waste contains bacteria and parasites that can make people and pets sick. When left on the ground, it washes down storm drains and ends up in our rivers and streams.
Having to walk my dog at least two times a day allows me to see firsthand the many areas that have become “dumping” grounds for pet waste. In the end, our dogs and kids pay the price because those areas are no longer prime spots for play. Who wants to walk or play near smelly areas?
This issue has a simple solution: Scoop it, bag it, trash it!
-Ana Arriaza, Department of Environmental Protection